Rules for submission, review and publication of scientific articles
in the Bulletin of Transport Information (BTI)
- Main ethical principles of interaction between the BTI Editorial and authors and reviewers of the scientific articles when preparing the articles for publication in BTI.
1.1 In BTI, the basis for interacting with the authors and the reviewers of the scientific articles and for preparing the manuscripts of the articles for publication is 'Guidelines on Good Publication Practice' developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
In Russia, these principles have been adjusted and are available in the Methodical Guidelines published by the Association of scientific editors and publishers together with Russia's Ministry of Education and Science (Methodical Guidelines on how to prepare and format scientific articles in the magazines that are indexed in the international scientometric databases / Association of scientific editors and publishers; general review by O.V.Kirillova; Moscow, 2017, 144 pages, Appendix).
Besides, BTI unconditionally accepts the requirements of Russia's Ministry of Education and Science and of Higher Attestation Commision as to the magazines from the list of the editions being reviewed, where the candidates for the academic degrees of PhD and Doctor of Science should publish the main results of their dissertations.
1.2 BTI strives to deliver all properly written scientific papers of its authors to its readers. Therefore, when reviewing the authors' manuscripts, BTI Editorial actively interacts with the authors with the purpose to modify their papers, so that the latter meet the requirements of a scientific magazine in all main points (authenticity, precision, narration style and literacy, as well as format). BTI never claims any co-authorship with any of its authors, irrespectively of how much BTI participates in the modification of the original versions of the authors' scientific papers.
1.3 The BTI Editorial does not charge the authors of the papers for any of the following activities:
The fact that the BTI Editorial works with the authors' scientific papers free of charge is an essential ethical principle of the BTI's Editor and Editorial. Complying with this principle eliminates most of the corruptive motives and temptations from the whole process of interaction between the magazine and the authors of the scientific papers it publishes.
- considering, analizing and reviewing the scientific papers;
- editing the manuscripts of the papers;
- approving the final versions of the papers with the authors and preparing the papers for publication (making a layout);
- printing the magazine batch with the papers and delivering it to the subscribers.
1.4 As for the ethics, the approach of the BTI Editorial to the works of the papers' authors and to reviewers' reviews is the presumption of conscientiousness of both the authors and the reviewers of the manuscripts. BTI assumes that all the authors and the reviewers concerned know the requirements of Russia's Ministry of Education and Science, Higher Attestation Commision and international scientometric databases for the contents of scientific papers and the reviews of such papers, and do not intend to ignore or violate these requirements.
Only when the members of the Editorial Board and employees of the BTI Editorial know for sure that certain people are being dishonest regarding the scientific and authorship aspects, the papers and the reviews provided by these persons may be declined without being properly reviewed. At the same time, BTI considers it unjustified, first of all from the ethical point of view, to assume the scientific dishonesty on the part of scientists, professors, students and graduate students, and managers and specialists of trasporation industry, both known and unknown to BTI.
1.5 The BTI's Editor, the Editorial Board and the Editorial are convinced that the publication of a scientific paper is not the end but the beginning of the paper's real life; that is not the editors and the reviewers but interested readers who provide the most precise evaluation of the paper's contents. The evaluation is not only the number of quotations (references) but the meaningful response to the paper's contents. Therefore, BTI has always been publishing discussion papers, different approaches and evaluations, and various industrial and scientific experiences.
- How the BTI Editorial accepts the manuscripts of scientific papers. Responsibilities and mutual obligations of the authors, the BTI Editorial and the reviewers of the scientific papers.
2.1 The authors are responsible for the contents of the publication and the authenticity of the results given in the paper. The authors should check the references to the cited works.
2.2 BTI is an open edition. When the manuscript of a paper represents the results (including intermediate results) of scientific and research works or design and engineering works that may be partially limited in distribution, the authors should provide, along with the manuscript, the expert opinion of the organization that execute these works, or of the organization that is the rights holder of the specified results, that there are no obstacles for publication of these works in open editions. If no such expert opinion is provided for the manuscript of the paper, the BTI Editorial informs the authors that the paper will not be considered until the expert opinion is received.
2.3 All scientific papers provided to BTI undergo preliminary check and reviewing. The process starts with the BTI Editorial reviewing the topic and the subject of the research from the paper. If the topic and the subject correspond to the subject and scientific specialization of BTI, the manuscript of the paper is checked for plagiarism, compilations, repeated publications and similar violations of scientific ethics. The check is performed with the help of software (Antiplagiarism, etc.)
If the topic and the subject of the paper do not correspond to the subject and scientific specialization of BTI, as well as if plagiarism, compilation, repeated publications or similar violations of scientific ethics are detected in the manuscript, the paper is excluded from the editorial portfolio and is sent back to the authors with the description of reasons.
2.4 If the preliminary check detects that the author has included parts of the previously published texts by other authors, without the required references to the sources, such manuscript is not considered for publication any more and is sent back to the author with the description of violations and a warning of revealing the fact if the author tries to illegally use other people's scientific results.
If the preliminary check detects that most of the manuscript (more that 50% of it) consists of the compilation of previously published texts by other authors, and the manuscript contains the appropriate references, such paper is not considered for publication any more and is sent back to the author with the message that compilation texts will not be published as an original scientific paper.
If the preliminary check detects that most of the paper (more that 50% of the manuscript) have already been published by the authors in other editions (possibly, in BTI), such paper is not considered for publication any more, irrespectively of the presence of valid references to previous publications of this text, and is sent back to the author with the message that it is not acceptable to re-publish (repeatedly) the same scientific texts as original scientific papers.
2.5 If the manuscript passes the preliminary check described in 2.4, it is subject to reviewing.
The authors can organize the reviewing of their articles themselves. In this case, they receive the reviews for the papers from specialists that work in organizations other than that of the author (authors) of the paper. The authors of the scientific papers should send the BTI Editorial the accompanying letter that lists the publications on the subject of their papers made by the reviewers in the last three years (before the papers under review have been sent to BTI). The valid signature of the reviewer should be verified accordingly. In such cases, the duty to prevent unauthorized use of the manuscript's texts before the paper is published, either by the reviewer or because of the author's irresponsibility, is on the authors.
In all cases, the BTI Editorial does not demand of the authors of scientific papers to provide reviews for the papers they send to BTI for publication.
The authors can send papers that got negative responses from the reviewers, to BTI on general grounds.
2.6 The papers that the authors send to the BTI Editorial without reviews, as well as papers that the authors send to the BTI Editorial with negative reviews, are reviewed by the BTI Editorial (internal reviewing). The members of the BTI Editorial Board and third-party specialists can act as reviewers, at the discretion of the BTI Editorial and according to the requirements of Russia's Ministry of Education and Science.
In the review, the reviewer should state his/her estimate of the relevance of the paper's subject and the authenticity of the information in the paper. If the reviewer wishes to, he/she can state if it is worthwhile to publish the paper in BTI.
The review should be signed by the reviewer, and the signature should be verified by the organization he/she works for, or by other reliable means (for example, if the reviewer is a pensioner).
The BTI Editorial informs the reviewers that it is unacceptable for them to use the manuscripts of the papers (files) they are reviewing without the sanction of the authors, including the quotations of parts of the papers before the latter are published.
2.7 The authors of the articles can get a refusal of publication in the BTI magazine in the following cases (along with cases described in 2.4).
The articles can be published in the magazine by the decision of the BTI Editor-in-chief even if there are negative conclusions from the reviewers (both internal and external), except for the cases described in 2.4.
- inconsistency of the article with the topics of the magazine;
- excessive size of the article along with authors' refusal to split the article into the chapters, sections and publish the article part by part in several BTI issues;
- negative conclusion of a reviewer (either external or internal one).
2.8 The reviews of internal (BTI Editorial office) reviewers (both positive and negative) are brought to the attention of the articles' authors in an agreed manner.
2.9 Upon the request of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the BTI Editorial office mandatorily sends the copies of the reviews for the published scientific articles to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
2.10 The authorship of a scientific paper should be limited to the persons who made significant contribution to the concept, planning, execution or interpretation of the described research.
All persons who made significant contribution should be indicated as co-authors. If a person has participated in a significant part of the research described in the paper, the paper should contain an acknowledgement, or the person should be listed as a co-author.
The paper should contain precise information about the role of the organizations that somehow contributed to the described research (ordering, funding, provision of room and technical means, instruments, hardware, reports on previous scientific and research works and experimental design works that are or are not deposited in CITIS and other similar organizations, etc.), so as to exclude real or possible conflict of interests.
2.11 During the period when the manuscript is being prepared for publication in the BTI Editorial, from the moment it comes in to the publication, including the time of reviewing, the BTI Editorial is responsible for preventing the distribution and unauthorized use of the manuscript and information it contains, by the employees of the BTI Editorial, the reviewers and other persons.
2.12 The author has unlimited right to withdraw the manuscript of the paper from the BTI Editorial and to deny its publication.
2.13 If misprints or other inaccuracies are detected in the papers published in BTI, the BTI Editorial investigates the reasons of these violations, and publishes a message about the found misprints and inaccuracies in the next issue, as well as provides the correct version of the distorted part of the paper. The corrected file with the paper is sent to the RISC again.
If the above-mentioned misprints and inaccuracies are the errors in the paper's reviewing or in the magazine layout, the Editor-in-chief apologizes publicly to the authors and readers.
2.14 If the author finds a significant error or inaccuracy in the published work, it is his/her duty to inform the Editor-in-chief immediately and to cooperate with the Editor-in-chief to publish the refutation or the correction of the paper.
If the Editor-in-chief learns from a third-party that the published work contains a significant error, it is the author's duty to refute or correct the paper immediately, or to provide the proof that the published work is correct, to the Editor-in-chief.
2.15 The BTI Editorial point of view on the article subject may not be the same as that of the authors.
If the authors reject the editors’ corrections and remarks about the article text they received from the BTI Editorial for approval before publication, the corresponding article snippets may be published with the notes (comments) of the BTI Editorial.
- Requirements for formatting the manuscripts of scientific papers that are sent to BTI for publication. The order of reviewing and approving the articles with the authors.
3.1 In order to publish an article in the BTI magazine, you need to submit the following materials to the editorial office.
3.2 The articles edited by the BTI Editorial office are sent to the authors via e-mail to make amendments in texts and for approval.
- One copy of the article signed by the authors. The article should be printed on one-side of A4 paper in one column, with 1.5 size line spacing and 14 pt font size. On the title page, you should specify:
The materials package to be provided to the editorial office also includes:
All figures should be provided separately, on paper in one copy. Schemes and charts should be printed sharply, in a format that ensures clarity of all details.
- UDC index;
- Russian and English title of the article;
- Russian and English summary;
- Russian and English keywords;
- identical version of the article in electronic form, which is to be sent to the editorial office via e-mail, in the form of original file (files) or ZIP-archive;
- information about the authors in a free form on a separate sheet (family name, given name, father’s name, place of employment, position, academic degree, title, business address, telephone, and e-mail). The name of the organization where the authors work (i.e. university and department) should be supplied in the full form.
If there are several authors, it should be specified with whom to correspond.
The authors should ensure that the organization name specified in the article conforms to the name specified in the main information databases of scientific information. In particular, Scientific Electronic Library (Russian Science Citation Index, RISC).
The authors determine the final edition of their articles and in the same way, via e-mail, return the manuscripts to the BTI Editorial office.
Edited and approved versions of the articles received from the authors are included into the upcoming BTI issues, and are transferred for markup and creation of the layouts of upcoming issues of the magazine.
3.3 Generally, the volume of the article should not exceed 10 typewritten pages, including tables, figures and bibliography.
The articles may have a volume more than specified in this paragraph of rules; however, the authors should be ready to split the article on chapters and sections and to publish the article in several BTI issues.
3.4 The BTI Editorial accepts electronic files of the articles in the formats of MS Word and MS Excel 2003-2007 and laterversions. To type the formulas, one can use the MS Word function «Insert -> Symbol» and the Equation and MathType formula editors.
In case of making sections in the article, the numbering of the formulas starts over in every section. Otherwise, the numbering should be sequential.
If there are a figures in the article, they should be submitted to the BTI Editorial as separate files.
If a formula is of big size, one should simplify it, for instance, one can introduce new designations or split the formula into several lines. Vector values and matrices should be shown in bold. The article should contain only the most essential formulas; one should abandon intermediate transitions. Only formulas that have reference in the text should be numbered.
3.5 Figures, graphs, and charts (mandatory black-and-white or in grayscale) are provided in separate files. All figure files should have the names starting with the name of the article file with the addition of suffixes _fig01, _fig02, etc.
The actual resolution of the halftone files should be at least 150 dpi, and black-and-white files should be at least 300 dpi, having the appropriate image size (not less than 7 × 7 cm).
Tables should have the headings and sequence numbers.
Only standard abbreviations are allowed. The authors should use measurement units according to International System of Units (SI).
3.6 References in the order that they are mentioned should be put at the end of the article. In the text, references should be in square brackets and refer only to the published papers.
Examples of reference list design:
3.7 The publication of scientific articles in the BTI magazine is free for the authors. The magazine issues with the published articles are provided to their authors on the common basis, through the BTI subscription.
- For journal articles, collections, conference proceedings:
- Иванов Н.Н. Волны в жидкости // Гидромеханика. 2003. т. 1. № 10. Вып. 1. с. 13–17.
- Ватульян А.О. Интегральные уравнения в обратных задачах определения коэффициентов дифференциальных операторов теории упругости // ДАН. 2005. т. 405. № 3. с. 343–345.
- Roe R.J. Description of Crystallite Orientation in polycrystalline Materials. General Solution to Pole Figures Inversion // J. Appl. Phys. 1965. Vol. 36. No. 6. p. 2024–2031.
- Шилова В.П. Источники ЗВ // Проблемы экологии: Тез. докл. XV Междунар. конф. М., 2000. с. 5–8.
- For books:
- Литвинов А.Н. Динамика массивных тел. М.: Наука, 1982. 700 с.
- Природные опасности России. Экзогенные геологические процессы / Под ред. В.М. Кутепова, А.И. Шеко. М.: КРУК, 2002. 348 с.
- Бейтмен Г., Эрдейи А. Высшие трансцендентные функции. М.: Наука, 1966. т. 2. 295 с.
- Andrews G.E. The theory of partitions. Encyclopedia of mathematics and its applications. Vol. 2. Addison-Wesley, 1976. 255 pp. (Имеется перевод: Эндрюс Г. Теория разбиений / Пер. с англ. Б.С. Стечкина. М.: Наука, 1982. 256 с.).
- For dissertation abstracts:
- Петров Е.П. Мониторинг окружающей среды: Дис. ... канд. хим. наук. М., 1984. 146 с.
- For patents:
- Пат. 1007559 СССР, МКИ А 03 В 27/74. Микросхемы / И.И. Иванов.
- For copyright certificates:
- А.с. 1007970 СССР. 1989. МКИ У 03915/00. Устройство для захвата неориентированных деталей / Ваулин В.С., Камелин Т.О.
- For deposited papers:
- Цалюк З.Б. Устойчивость и асимптотика решений линейного интегрального уравнения с однородным ядром / Кубанский гос. университет. Краснодар, 2003. 17 с. Деп. в ВИНИТИ 18.04.03, №В2003.
- For electronic resources:
- Российская государственная библиотека [Электронный ресурс] / Центр информ. технологий РГБ; ред. Власенко Т.В.; Web-мастер Козлова Н.В. — Электрон. дан. — М.: Рос. гос. б-ка, 1997 — Режим доступа: http//www.rsl.ru, свободный. — Загл. с экрана. — Яз. рус., англ.
- Электронный каталог ГПНТБ России [Электронный ресурс]: база данных содержит сведения о всех видах лит., поступающей в фонд ГПНТБ России. — Электрон. дан. (5 файлов, 178 тыс. записей). — М., [199-?]. — Режим доступа: http://www.gpntb.ru/win/search/help/el-cat.html. — Загл. с экрана.
- Русский орфографический словарь РАН [Электронный ресурс] / Под ред. В. В. Лопатина — Электрон. дан. — М.: Справочно-информационный интернет-портал ГРАМОТА.РУ, 2005. — Режим доступа: http://www.slovari.gramota.ru, свободный. — Загл. с экрана.
Besides, the authors can purchase and receive via e-mail the file of their article or any other necessary article from the electronic layouts of previously published BTI issues in the PDF format, through the appropriate service on the website www.natrans.ru/en.
3.8 The manuscripts and discs arrived in postal items are not returned to the authors. If the BTI Editorial decides against publishing the paper for reasons described in the Rules (2.3-2.4), all the materials received by the BTI Editorial from the authors by post are returned to the authors, except for the cases when the BTI Editorial does not know their address or when authors refuse to accept the materials they sent to the BTI Editorial.
The return of the manuscripts to the authors who withdraw their articles from the BTI Editorial and decide against publishing them, is performed in the same way.
3.9 Failure to comply with the rules of the manuscript design and computer typesetting delay the publication of the article.
3.10 The manuscripts and other materials should be sent to the following BTI address: room 305, building 16, Voronin street, Mytischi, Moscow region, Russian Federation. Zip-code: 141006. Editorial office of the magazine the «Bulletin of Transport Information». Phone: +7 915 278-02-37. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.